Innovation is a key part of growing businesses. Great leaders are constantly seeking opportunities to improve products and services to better meet members’/customers’ needs and encouraging employees to have an innovative mindset.To do this successfully, leaders must be strategic with their decisions. Harvard Business School’s Stefan Thomke released a book earlier this year on using experiments to bolster business innovation and recently did an interview with innovation guru Braden Kelley in Innovation Management to help leaders put experimentation into practice.Here are some of the key insights from his Q&A:How to ensure successful experiment design: Similar to scientific experiments, Thomke details seven questions to ensure the experiment has a testable hypothesis, determine what variables could impact outcomes and what they mean, get stakeholders’ buy-in to the process and the results, and use the results to really drive decisions. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »
As well as debutant Van der Merwe, Aled Davies, Aled Thomas and Steven Shingler came into the Scarlets’ back division while hooker Kirby Myhill took over from the injured Emyr Phillips from the 20-8 win at Zebre. Leinster coach Leo Cullen made five changes from the side which defeated the Newport Gwent Dragons including a first start for fly-half Ross Byrne. Scarlets adopted an expansive approach and led 15-0 after largely dominating the first half. It was all Scarlets early on as a fourth-minute penalty from Shingler was followed five minutes later by a try for flanker Davies, who was put over down the left by captain John Barclay. Leinster pounced on a few errors from the home side to create some of their own pressure but Fergus McFadden was short with a 15th-minute penalty and then wing Hadleigh Parkes produced a fine tackle to stop Nacewa going in at the left corner. It was more Leinster pressure which actually produced a runaway try, with Van der Merwe picking off possession in his own 22 and running in unopposed from 75 metres. Shingler converted to give the home side a 15-0 advantage. Matters did not get much better for the Irishmen after the interval, with centre Noel Reid handed a yellow card in the 43rd minute for a cynical ruck offence. And against 14 men Scarlets scored their third try, Van der Merwe’s second, to see them lead 22-0 on 53 minutes. Press Association Shingler kicked a penalty on the hour when the Scarlets might have thought of instead going for the bonus-point try, and the chance of that ebbed away as Leinster ended the match much the better. First Nacewa went over after some good inter-passing in the backline, a try converted by McFadden. That seemed to instill some self-belief in the visitors though McFadden butchered a chance down the right, dropping the ball with the line at his mercy. But Leinster did grab a second a minute from time when Tracy went over from short range, a try converted by McFadden. Van der Merwe, who scored a try in each of Canada’s four World Cup pool games, celebrated a score in each half after flanker James Davies opened the try scoring, but the Scarlets would have been disappointed not to have got a bonus point. For Leinster the try scorers in the second half were full-back Isa Nacewa and replacement James Tracy. Canada’s World Cup star DTH van der Merwe crossed twice as Guinness Pro12 leaders Scarlets stretched their unbeaten start to four games with a 25-14 victory over Leinster at Parc y Scarlets.
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“Okon” — My Recording “Okon” Many had expected that the Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four championship would culminate in an epic battle between arch rivals Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens but it has been so far so bad for both teams at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City Edo State.With two defeats from two matches already, no form of mathematics can help a ‘pointless’ Rivers Angels reach the final of the 2016/17 NWPL Super Four and this ultimately halts their dream of a fourth successive league title.Following their opening day 2-0 loss to Delta Queens, the Jewel of Rivers desperately craved a victory on Tuesday against Nasarawa Amazons but found themselves trailing after five minutes.Adejoke Ejalonibu’s opener caught the defending champions off guard and before they could fully recover, Mabel Effiom, while trying to clear Anam Imo’s low cross, recorded the first own goal of the championship to extend Nasarawa Amazons’ lead.Rivers Angels probed the most in the second half but their only goal scored by substitute Mercy Amanze counted for little in the end.After Nasarawa Amazons sealed their place in the final of the NWPL Super Four, all eyes were on Delta Queens to follow. But their opponents Bayelsa Queens proved a really hard nut to crack.Bayelsa Queens had pledged to claim their first win of the championship at the expense of their neighbours and they revealed their intention from the get-go, leading to Tessy Biawho’s third minute disallowed goal.But it was Delta Queens who actually took the lead when Margaret Etim’s long pass found Amerat Adebisi Saheed who in turn sent a low shot past Jonathan Alaba in goal for Bayelsa Queens.Not long after that, Tessy Biawho responded for Bayelsa Queens and the 1-1 result means the Restoration Girls still have a slim chance of qualifying for the Super Four final on Thursday.Wednesday is rest day but there would be a mini tournament for school girls tagged “Football for Social Good”.Quote of the day 0:43 Edwin Okon (Head coach of Rivers Angels): No goal at all is managed. It is not easy for an attacker to convert a goal so it is not managed. We’ve lost, we’ve lost. It’s a hard one. You’ve seen the game, use your tongue to count your teeth. I do not think of fatigue, I think of the ‘officiating priest’. I had thirty players – you can see the changes – so it’s not fatigue. Our plan was to take the (league) cup back (to Port Harcourt).Next Fixtures (Thursday 12 October, 2017)Nasarawa Amazons vs Delta Queens – 2pmRivers Angels vs Bayelsa Queens – 4pmRelatedNWFL: Two Champions, One Trophy! Rivers Angel Battle Bayelsa Queens in Champions ShieldAugust 23, 2019In “NWPL”NWPL Super 4: Nasarawa Amazons Coach Vows to Defend Title Despite Absence of Key PlayersJanuary 17, 2019In “NWPL”NWPL Super Four Matchday 1 Wrap: Delta Queens clip Rivers Angels’ wingsOctober 10, 2017In “Nigeria”